Mattel, Inc., the worldwide leader in toys and family products, has announced an Open Innovation initiative with Genius Crowds to develop crowd-sourced product ideas for their venerable brands of Hot Wheels and Barbie bicycles for young children. Genius Crowds is a platform for open-sourced product development, facilitating the development and ideation phase online, and securing production relationships with leading marketers.

In a move towards open innovation and collaboration with their consumers, Mattel is looking for innovative ideas for their Barbie and HotWheels branded bicycles for children ages 4 to 6 years old.

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